How to Make Your Own CD Cleaning Fluid

By Techwalla Contributor

How to Make Your Own CD Cleaning Fluid. CD technology is new enough that experts disagree about how to clean CDs without causing damage or degrading sound quality. Nearly everyone agrees CDs need to be cleaned.

Things You'll Need

  • Dishwashing Detergent

Step 1

Distill or filter tap water, or use bottled water.

Step 2

Put a drop of dishwashing detergent and lots of the purified water (around a quart) in a large bowl.

Step 3

Thoroughly mix the solution.

Step 4

Read "How to Clean CDs" for instructions on using the solution.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure to remove all the solution from the CD by drying with a soft, lint-free cloth. Dry by wiping from the center of the CD outward, NOT in a circular motion.
  • This solution will work on audio CDs, CD-ROM discs and DVDs.
  • Commercial CD cleaning fluids might be safer to use.
  • Any commercial or homemade product that successfully cleans CDs might leave a residue that will cause sonic degradation or long-term erosion.
  • Alcohol, abrasive cleaners, petroleum-based products, ammonia, commercial plastic cleaners and Armor All will damage CDs.